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, is there any validity to these bombastic charges against the press. joining us now here in washington, terence smith, former correspondent for pbs news hour and cbs news and "new york times." and tom foreman who attended friday's nra event. tom, what was it like being at this nra event? i won't call it a press conference. are you surprised that not a single journalist got to ask a question? >> it was not a press conference. all of us expected to exchange questions and answers with wayne lapierre and the president of nra who was there. it didn't happen at all. it did not happen but adamantly did not happen. several of us tried to call out questions to the participants and even at one point i said to them, would you answer even one question? are you willing to talk to the white house about any of this, even to that, they just kept walking. that was a big disappointment and sort of set the tone for the room. >> when wayne lapierre said falsehoods about semiautomatic weapons and the media are demonizing gun owners, is he right? >> no. but even before that what he got was a priceless gift of 25 min
bring to the job and in what direction should he take the network? joining us now here in washington is critic for the baltimore sun. frank says no. fred francis former nbc correspondent and founder of 15 seconds.com. fred, you spent years at nbc. what was jeff zucker life as a leader of the truth? >> very personalable. not uncommon for jeff to leave his office for 30, 40 minutes each day. sometimes morning and afternoon and just walk around and chat with people and not just the stars at the to the shtoday sho or magazine show and no what stories they were working on. that was his detail. knowing his people and that's where people became so loyal to him. >> he became producer of the today show at 26 and launched that morning show for a 16-year run. how would you describe his track record has a news man? >> it's terrific. the today show led the way. what he demonstrated there and has demonstrated since is an imagination to know that cnn needs to know its news can be more than politics and war. news goes across the board and touches people in a thousand ways. you got to do the great st
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